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    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Plato, Deleuze, Fascism, Aesthetics/Violence, Sound Studies, Wittgenstein.
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    Philosophy PhD

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  1. This. Definitely agree. I usually have three documents. A master note document with citations, as well as quotes or even full pages from key texts. This will often include an outline. I usually make a clone of this document, and every time i use a passage or quote, i delete it from the clone so that i can keep track of what I haven’t added into the paper. An ‘operating table’ type document, where i will, say, place a key quote i want to analyze or an argument i need to summarize or refute, and do the actual writing in that document, sometimes doing several variations on the same bit
  2. I guess the thing I’d offer is that if one person on a committee is a stickler for page-length (and who hasn’t run into a professor like that?) that person is gonna throw out your application. So while there might be many successful applicants who get in because they never got those people, do you really want to risk it? Do you want to be one of the 1/5/10% of applicants this happens to? Obviously pinning down a number on this percentage is (basically) impossible, but the risk just isn’t worth it. And I get it, cutting sucks, its so hard, but its really an essential skill.
  3. One resource worth mentioning here, I think, is the Unlikely Academics podcast. The primary audience of the podcast is people who are under-represented, from non-research intensive schools, or are first generation post-grad students. The focus skews a bit more to advocating for those under-represented from rural areas, it does try to provide information to a broader audience. It should also be paired with podcasts like Blk + In Grad School which covers some other elements. They try to address issues from how to approach applications, to the unspoken cultural norms of grad school, and even how
  4. I don’t know if any of the schools are up your alley philosophically, but some schools have joint Phil. MA/Law degree programs (including Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, Boston College, Duke, and Duquesne and i’m sure plenty more).
  5. My undergrad degree was in analytic philosophy, my MA was in a music department (at an analytic-ish school), and I got an MA in a very heavy continental program and now I’m at a heavy duty continental PhD. I’d certainly agree with @HomoLudens: they care more about expressed interest, a general background in philosophy writ large, and potential than they do about expertise.
  6. However, it is worth noting that a second MA in a related field does offer benefits. In my own cohort, 2/4 have two MAs. One is philosophy + one is political theory, for myself I have an MA in Philosophy and one from a music department. Several people in my 2nd MA (Philosophy) came into philosophy with MAs in Psychology or equivalent degrees from Divinity schools (M.Div, I think is what its called?). However, in all those cases it has been degrees that contribute to their primary interests (Psychoanalysis, Religious Phenomenology, Political Philosophy, etc.) the returns on the same degree, h
  7. At Duquesne the TAs largely sit in on the virtual classes, hold office hours via zoom (either by appointment or by a set time), occasionally cover a class, and do the grading. Fortunately it’s been relatively straightforward.
  8. The stipend is fine, largely because Pittsburgh is cheap enough. Its neither a pro nor a con. Faculty are all pretty great, but with one or two worth avoiding. Selcer in particular is spectacular. Evans is retiring, but will continue to teach one grad class/yr, and can still be on committees. We get to know the profs pretty well. I got in off the top of the waitlist. It feels like an academic island in a Catholic sea. The students are great and there’s a definitely a feeling of community, but the school at large runs into the usual problems Academia and Catholicism run into.
  9. I’d be happy to talk with anyone about it. (Current Duq PhD)
  10. Given the cancellations, I just want to put it out there that I’m more than happy to talk to anyone who wants to learn more about Duquesne and Boston College.
  11. For whatever it’s worth, I had a similar experience of a very personal, warm waitlist email from Duquesne, because I was #1 on the waitlist (and because faculty at most Pittsburgh schools are lovely people).
  12. As of right now, no idea, but I’ll keep an ear out.
  13. Congratulations! As a current PhD at Duquesne, I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.
  14. As far as I understand, Continental interviews are usually about fit with the program more than anything. Its usually some time devoted to your interests, your writing sample, and why you think it would be a good match. And my discussions with a few of the DePaul PhDs generally seem to confirm this as being true there as well. So prep is largely having some questions prepared for them about how DePaul Specifically could help YOU, as well as taking some time to review the faculty/their research interests/the interests of the other grad students, etc.
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